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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didnít expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. Weíre sneaking up on winter with a boatload of bravado and this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods, our Saison has an assertive spiciness. In your face, winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10814) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours a light lemon yellow with a fizzy/creamy 3 finger white head. Aroma for some reason reminds me of thanksgiving turkey. Not necessarily dressing either. Maybe the gravy. Can that be cardamom? Well they do put it in stuffing. Strong aroma. Med body. Flavor is sort of earthy citrus. Certainly dry. Decently bitter. This is whacked in a good way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (3824) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Location: 12 oz can from jcos, 1/29/13

Aroma: It is heavy heavy spice: cardamom, ginger, etc, with some light lemon/orange rind notes
Appearance: Pours a completely clear golden color with a small white head and spotty lace
Flavor: Thereís still a ton of spice, but the yeast, citrus rind, and hop notes come through too
Palate: The body is medium, it has a tingly feel, lively carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
Overall Impression: Thanks for grabbing me one of these Kramer! Iíd been meaning to try this one anyway. Wow, that is an in your face spice nose for sure. The other components seem like they could be pretty interesting, but are just completely crushed by the spice. I have mixed feeling on this one, but ultimately I could have used more balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5991) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Can. Bright yellow pour, slightly hazy, small white head. Awesome aroma of cardamom and lemon. Similar taste, but I think the aroma is a little nicer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a thin bubbly ring of white around the top of the glass. You will see a bubble here and there rising from bottom to top.

Aroma: Definiate cardamom, spices like that within a bouquet of spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Cardamom, ginger, spicy fruity Belgian yeast. Very light hop spice.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, full bodied, modest carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer! I like the herbal saison that many brewers have been doing here in the US, and this is one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (2334) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Very goof saison smooth taste and so much fun drink with friends and go hard or go home

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1107) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Very mild yet nuanced saison. Pours almost Pilsner-like in color and head. A nice bouquet of flowers on the tongue, without any wildness typically expected -- and appreciated -- in the style. Overall quite nice, and this would be the ale I'd offer to someone who is new to the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/16/2013. 12 oz can into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours a golden yellow color thatís seemingly clear at first. Some exposure to light will reveal a hazier body. The head is a one finger white color. Itís kind of disappointing by style standards, as it doesnít have the supreme retention or lacing qualities I expect. S: Well spiced. And I really mean well spiced. Aside from the strong lemongrass quality the aroma provides, many spices - such as ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and the advertised cardamom - come through in an almost explosive manner. If there any such thing as a winter saison, this would be it. T: There is a lot of lemon flavor in general, with a finish that evokes not only cardamom, but both gingerbread cookies and fresh cut grass as well. Complexity is muted at best. Works as simple refreshment quite well. Letís be honest, though, itís not a great saison. M: A bit on the syrupy side - which is usually a deal breaker in a saison. Iím almost content to blame the slight undercarbonation (though it seems to perk up as the wet finish builds up), but Iím thinking its caused by the general sweetness. The texture features excellent initial crispness, but that syrupy, vaguely sweet linger comes close to ruining things completely. Dryness tries to accumulate past the aftertaste to no avail. O: Those looking for a complex, thought evoking saison, look elsewhere. Those looking for a simple thirst quenching beer in a can, give it a try. I have to dock points for not being a good representation of the style, but as a regular íspiced beerí, itís solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1267) - Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2013
From a can. Very light yellow color. Slightly spiced character with hints of bubble gum, banana, and lime. Easy drinking and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Sucked. Looks like generic light beer...no head, carbonation not fine enough, didnít have the dry finish I look for in a saison. Palate was sweet and bland and lacked character. Love this brewery, but this one was a misfire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a can. The beer is a clear yellow-gold color with a medium thin white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of funky yeast and biscuit malt. Light to medium body with flavors of earthy yeast, mildly tart fruit and bready malt. The finish is slightly sour with a spice and yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.

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